The country is buzzing over Super Bowl 50, so Locum Jobs Online took a moment to put together some of the worst Super Bowl injuries in NFL history. Because after all, where would our star players be without their trusted physicians on the field?
Terrell Davis, Denver Broncos—Running Back, Super Bowl XXXII
Super Bowl 50 wasn’t the Bronco’s first rodeo. When Denver faced the Green Bay Packers, Terrell Davis temporarily went blind as he fought through a brutal migraine. Before a play, head coach Mike Shanahan told Davis, “Don’t worry about being able to see on this play, because we’re gonna fake it to you.” Davis eventually regained his vision and finished the game with 157 yards and three touchdowns to become the game’s MVP.
Leslie Frazier, Chicago Bears—Cornerback, Super Bowl XX
While the Bears reigned as Super Bowl champions, they lost a standout cornerback in the process. What happened was the Bears tried to reverse on a punt return, and when the ball was handed off to Leslie Frazier, his left foot got stuck in the turf and he blew out his knee. Frazier suffered a torn ACL, among other injuries, and he never played another game in the NFL. Since Frazier’s days as a CB, he went on to coach the Minnesota Vikings.
Charles Woodson, Green Bay Packers—Cornerback, Super Bowl XLV
When Charles Woodson began playing his first Super Bowl, he was knocked out with a fractured collarbone after trying to make a diving stop. During halftime, Woodson broke down, explaining how much a Super Bowl win would mean for him, and his team pulled through—Defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 35-21.
Jake Ballard, New York Giants—Tight End, Super Bowl XLVI
The Giants trailed the New England Patriots 17-15 with less than 12 minutes left. When Jake Ballard ran outside the planned route, he injured his knee and collapsed on the field wincing in pain. Later, the Giants would learn that Ballard tore his ACL.
Steve Wallace, San Fransisco 49ers—Left Tackle, Super Bowl XXIII
The turn of Joe Robbie Stadium, now Sun Life Stadium, was in bad shape during the late eighties. Only a few plays into the game, Steve Wallace went down—A broken left fibula was the culprit. The 49ers still pulled through for a 20-16 Super Bowl win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Tim Krumrie, Cincinnati Bengals—Defensive Tackle, Super Bowl XXXIII
Arguably suffering the worst injury in Super Bowl history, Tim Krumbrie went to make a diving tackle, and as he planted his left foot, his ankle buckled and broke in multiple places. Krumbrie had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital, yikes!
Professional football is no joke—These athletes sure to play hard, which means sometimes they get injured even harder. Looking over the list of worst injuries in Super Bowl history, I think it’s safe to say that these star athletes wouldn’t make it without the help of their trusted physicians on and off the field.